B/R Community Mock Draft: Chicago Bears' Second Round Pick Is...
With the first round of the first-ever Bleacher Report Community Mock Draft complete, I began to focus on the second round.
Since picking the Bear's first-round selection, we've—predictably—seen Dre Kirkpatrick, Peter Konz, Cordy Glenn, Mike Adams, Stephen Hill and Janoris Jenkins all come off the board.
Two other players of note to be gone were Coby Fleener and Alshon Jeffery.
So how did the second round unfold? Who should we want? Who was taken before we had a chance to pick? And who did we actually take?
Join me into the Bears war room.
The Game Plan
With defensive end addressed, it was time to re-assess our needs.
I huddled up with Bears Featured Columnist Bob Warja and we took stock of what and who we should consider now.
Wide receiver is obviously one of the top areas of need since I didn't take a receiver in Round One. Wideouts I would consider for a second-round choice would be Mohammed Sanu, Rueben Randle and Marvin Jones. Bob agreed on Randle and Sanu but said he also would take Marvin McNutt and Juron Criner in the second round. I think second might be too high for McNutt but I'm open to Criner if Randle, Jones and Sanu are off the board.
How about a safety like Harrison Smith? He probably would end the Bears' revolving door at safety, and Bob and I both like Smith as an option.
A linebacker would be useful against those elite tight ends and running backs. Dont'a Hightower is still out there but highly unlikely to end up with the Bears. Bob and I like Zach Brown, and I was also open to someone like Lavonte David.
Taking the best available offensive lineman is another possibility, though the quality of these guys is now dropping fast. Maybe someone like Kevin Zeitler or possibly Zebrie Sanders, although most "expert" mocks have Sanders going in the fourth round.
The Bears could also go cornerback to help the defense in what is an increasingly pass-happy league, and Bob and I both like Alfonso Dennard and Trumaine Johnson. I also would be happy with either Stephon Gilmore or Jayron Hosley.
Defensive tackle would really put the finishing touches on a dominant defensive line with Whitney Mercilus and Julius Peppers. Jerel Worthy would be, uh, worthy.
Pass-catching tight end Dwayne Allen is still out there, but with Kellen Davis and Matt Spaeth on the roster, I'd have to pull off a trade to consider Allen.
In terms of positional order of preference, I ranked them as WR, CB, OL, DT, S, LB. Bob agreed WR should be our first priority.
Of course, a lot of my decision will be based on who's left when it's the Bears' turn to pick at No. 50.
So how did that second round start out?
The Second Round Begins
With a plan in place, it's time to watch the action unfold.
33. STL—LB Zach Brown
34. IND—CB Stephon Gilmore
35. HOU—LB Dont'a Hightower
There goes my linebacker plan and part of my cornerback plan.
36. TB—LB Mychal Kendricks
Combine performance shot Kendricks through the roof.
37. CLE—RB Doug Martin
38. NE—S Harrison Smith
39. STL—WR Mohamed Sanu
40. CAR—DT Jerel Worthy
41. DEN—RB David Wilson
42. MIA—DE Vinny Curry
This mock draft demonstrates a useful point. A few Bears fans would have preferred I take Jonathan Martin with the first pick and then take Curry with our second-round pick. But notice how Curry would not have made it to the Bears' pick in the second round. Not surprisingly, a lot of other teams also like Curry. So in order to have a realistic shot at getting him in the second round, the Bears would have to pull off a trade to move up, which isn't easy.
43. SEA—LB Lavonte David
44. DAL—CB Alfonzo Dennard
45. MIA—WR Marvin Jones
At this point, most of our potential targets are spoken for, including a couple of our receiver targets. Four more picks to go.
46. PHI—DE Andre Branch
47. NYJ—LB Vontaze Burfict
A second-round gamble here on Burfict. Beast or bust with a high pick. Those nutty Jets...
48. SF—G Kevin Zeitler
49. SD—G Kelechi Osemele
WRs Rueben Randle, Juron Criner and Marvin McNutt are still on the board, as are CBs Jayron Hosley and Trumaine Johnson. Plus OT Zebrie Sanders and TE Dwayne Allen are still hanging around.
So with the 50th pick of the B/R Community Mock Draft, the Bears select...
...WR Rueben Randle
Brandon Marshall is 6' 4" and 230 lbs.
LSU's Rueben Randle is 6' 3" and 210 lbs (as of last Thursday).
With Randle opposite Marshall, the Bears now have not one but two big playmaking receivers.
At the combine, Randle ran 4.55 but burned a 4.42 at LSU's Pro Day. For comparison purposes, that's faster than Michael Floyd's 4.47.
Randle has more than just speed, though. He has fantastic hands so drops are not an issue with him, and he also displays good balance and body control. A tall, fast receiver with ideal hands is a serious weapon.
Able to get off the bump, Randle also tracks the deep ball very well and goes over the top better than Alshon Jeffery.
His quarterback play prevented Randle from having more impressive numbers in college. No wonder SI's Tony Pauline declared Randle the most underrated receiver in the draft.
Though the Bears didn't get Floyd, Randle is a consensus top 50 pick and we are excited that he fell to us. Some mocks had him gone in the first round.
Not only does he fit a positional need, Randle is arguably also the Best Player Available overall. I considered the other available players but Randle was too appealing to let slide by.
With Randle on board, defenses can't afford to double-team Marshall. The Bears offense looks pretty strong right now.
How did the rest of Round Two go?
Round 2 Wrapup
Here's how the rest of Round Two went:
51. PHI—CB Brandon Boykin
52. TEN—DT Kendall Reyes
53. CIN—RB Isaiah Pead
54. NYG—OT Bobby Massie
55. ATL—DT Brandon Thompson
56. ARI—CB Trumaine Johnson
57. BUF—CB Jamell Fleming
58. HOU—DT Alameda Ta'amu
Pick No. 59 is forfeited due to 'Bountygate.' A run on defensive ends begins.
60. GB—DE Jared Crick
61. BAL—DE Ronnell Lewis
62. SF—DE Mike Martin
63. NE—DE Chandler Jones
64. DET—CB Jayron Hosley
And that is the end of the second round. With two of the team's biggest needs addressed, the third round is more open-ended. I'll cover that round in my next upcoming article.